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The Agency Titans Showdown

The Agency Titans Showdown

Listen now (57 mins) Blood was drawn this week in the decades-old grudge match between Bryan Lourd and Ari Emanuel

ROCK STARS Ari Emanuel (left) and Bryan Lourd. Photo illustration: Dawn Camner. (Emanuel: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo; Lourd: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P HRO Gala)


Turning Tiffany into Walmart: that’s how Ari Emanuel recently described Bryan Lourd’s stewardship of CAA, putting some harsh, eyebrow-raising words behind the heated rivalry between the Endeavor and CAA chiefs. Peter Kiefer joins Sean McNulty, Elaine Low and Richard Rushfield to discuss his juicy profile of the war between the two agenting titans (21:26)— and why it explains Hollywood’s dilemmas of the moment. “We’re in the era of Ari and Bryan… and they really don’t like each other very much,” says Kiefer. Also: the PGA’s questionable decision to merge with the Saudi-backed LIV (4:05), how Jeff Zucker outplayed (former) CNN chief Chris Licht (7:43), and the state of the writers strike amid the DGA’s tentative deal and SAG’s negotiations (40:05).

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Richard Rushfield
Elaine Low
Peter Kiefer
Sean McNulty